Connecticut lawmaker wants to change date of Halloween – Ties to Big Candy?

Trick or treat? Connecticut State Rep. Tim Larson (D) wants to move Halloween from Oct. 31 to the last Saturday in October. Does Larson have an inordinate amount of election contributions coming in from Big Candy?

Let me start of by saying I think any state or federal legislators who spends time and effort to propose stupid legislation should be unceremoniously thrown out of what ever elected position they are in. Got that Larson? You should be shamed out of office for even bringing this up.

colossal waste of time. Larson’s statement – it makes me sick to think this guy even took the time to release a statement – reads in part…

“Halloween is fun night for the whole family, but not so much when you have to race home from work, get the kids ready for trick or treating, welcome the neighborhood children, and then try to get everyone to bed for an early school and work morning,” Larson, a Democrat who represents East Hartford and South Windsor, said in a statement outlining his proposal.

You know what Tim? Rushing around bringing kids to and from school, football practice, hockey practice, soccer practice, gymnastics, swimming lessons, library events, play dates and everything else they have going on has been going on for years. Somehow the kids get fed. Somehow they make it to school. Parents figure it out on their own, without the state’s involvement thank you very much.

Lay your head down in shame and walk away from the microphone Rep. Larson. Families don’t need the government to tell us when kids can go door-to-door in costume asking trick or treat?

I brought up Big Candy at the beginning of this post simply because Larson’s legislation would certainly result in two Halloweens, with many families refusing to budge from the traditional date, and lots of kids demanding to go out on both days.

Follow the candy!

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Steve's a part-time conservative blogger. Steve grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Washington, D.C. and the Bahamas. He resides in Connecticut, where he’s comfortable six months of the year.


  1. GdavidH on October 24, 2011 at 4:38 pm


    Nothing?else to do!?

  2. Anybody but Obama on October 24, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Lets remember Tim Larson, John Larson both interjecting government where it doesn’t belong.

  3. kateinmaine on October 24, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    even danny boy has left his mark upside the lesser (didn’t know that was genetically possible, let alone survivable) larson’s head.? leaving aside the unintended consequences, of which there are many, let’s consider that we’re talking about a custom, not a holiday.? yes, all hallows eve/all saints day, sure.? but costumed begging elevated to a commercialized boon is something else entirely.?? proof positive that there is no level/area that gov’t feels is outside of their domain/magical ability to ‘improve’.? i’d like to personally declare, starting today, that every day is cabbage day at rep. larson’s house.? and let’s be green about it–reclaim, reuse, recycle!

  4. Moe on October 24, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Boy, the acorn didn’t fall too far from the tree, did it?

    • Dimsdale on October 24, 2011 at 8:02 pm

      A slice off the old ham..

  5. Force2 on October 24, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    This is awful.? Right now, with the prospect of a school day ahead, trick or treating, plus mischief, are limited to a few hours.? This fellow’s plan would give them all day Saturday and Sunday.? DISASTER!

    • Dimsdale on October 24, 2011 at 8:03 pm

      Yet another case of a politician not thinking things through.? Par for the course.

  6. BEA on October 24, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Well, this is interesting…

    “The book, Strange Stories, Amazing Facts, by the Readers Digest Association explains how pagan practices became a part of Christian worship:
    “Although Christianity has swept the world in a relatively short time, as the histories of great religions go, the early missionaries faced an up-hill task. The pagans were reluctant to give up their false gods and ancient practices. So the missionaries, unable to convert them easily to an entirely new code of worship, did the next best thing. They took the pagan festivals as they were, and gradually grafted the observances of the new faith onto these festivals and rites and customs surrounding them.
    “Like Christmas and Easter, the festival of Halloween originated in a pagan celebration, even though its name is derived from the Christian festival of Al Hallows’ or All Saints’ Eve.”

    Hmmm, I don’t know…”separation of church and state” anyone???;)???

  7. joe_m on October 24, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    We have the largest?deficit per capita?in the country:
    Debt per capita in 2011: $5,402
    Total debt 2011: $99,751,147
    Total budget gap FY2011: $5,100,000

    and he’s worried about Holloween! Talk about the inmates running the asylum.

  8. ricbee on October 24, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    This Larson law would be ripe for Murphy to take over. Halloween has been much perverted as it is with organized candy collectors & vicious mischief of all sorts. This would make it a daylong affair.

  9. essneff on October 24, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    OUTSTANDING PROPOSAL!!?? next, ?let’s move Christmas to the 4th Saturday in December, it will be?less stressing on families, then let’s move the 4th of July celebration? to the first Saturday in July….. & what up with Thankgiving being on the 4th Thursday in November…… it is awful that our progressive?state follows this tradition…….. move it to Saturday where it belongs!!

    • GdavidH on October 25, 2011 at 10:22 am

      3 fewer holidays for unionized employees of the state and local municipalities. There will be blood in the streets!

  10. Lucinda on October 25, 2011 at 12:01 am

    No, no, no! Mr. Larson, with all due respect, don’t mess with tradition. Besides, the Saturday before Halloween is the adults’ party time!
    What needs to be done is to declare November 1 a state holiday, but only when it falls on a weekday. That way, the kids get to stay out late on Halloween to collect as much candy as possible, since there would be no school the next day. And I’m sure you’d have no problem getting the unions to lend their support. After all, it’s for the children. (She said with tongue firmly planted in cheek.)

  11. SeeingRed on October 25, 2011 at 8:29 am

    I agree with Steve’s post completely.? With the problems that this state is facing, making such a proposal at all should be grounds for immediate recall.??The people of East Hartford must be so proud.

    Move Halloween.? Insipid thought?deosn’t do it justice.??

  12. Tim-in-Alabama on October 25, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Larson should have his first name taken from him for being that clueless.

  13. JamesD on October 25, 2011 at 9:44 am

    I used to live in Wisconsin, near Milwaukee, where Halloween activities were scheduled to be held on the nearest Sunday before the 31st. Each town published public hours for trick or treating?usually during the daylight hours. This worked well, preserving the spirit of the holiday (no pun intended), keeping children safe and giving parents a chance to take their kids around to other neighborhoods. The problem was that it was usually the dad taking the kids around and instead of going up to houses with their children to trick or treat the fathers gathered around the car radios listening to the Green Bay Packers. Should the government get involved? Not the state government, but at the local level, why not?

  14. Anne-EH on October 25, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Connecticut State Rep. Tim Larson forgets that Halloween or All Hallows Eve is a vigil to a Christian holiday.?
    While Connecticut is suffering BIGTIME from this recession/depression, we have politicos “worried” about Halloween trick or tweating.?

  15. KrisTr on October 25, 2011 at 11:25 am

    This maybe a payback for not?celebrating a Labor Day on May 1st as all progressive (socialist) countries do.

  16. crystal4 on October 25, 2011 at 11:30 am

    “Lay your head down in shame and walk away from the microphone Rep. Larson.”
    Steve , did you read the whole article in the paper? Rep larson said that Halloween didn’t really affect him as his children were grown but that his constituents asked him to bring this up. Isn’t this what you are always crying about…that these guys work for us and are supposed to represent us in the legislature. Then, when they do so you want them to “lay their heads in shame”.

    • Lucinda on October 25, 2011 at 12:56 pm

      From the online article: “He said he came up with his proposal after talking with his wife, a middle school assistant principal, and some neighbors who have young children.”
      Technically, his wife and some (how many? a couple? a handful?) neighbors are constituents. But really.?

    • crystal4 on October 25, 2011 at 2:48 pm

      Exactly, I am sure the wife heard it a lot from the parents and teachers, especially since her husband is a legislator..pressured to bring it up.

    • Dimsdale on October 25, 2011 at 3:22 pm

      And how are you “sure”?? Let’s see numbers, emails, phone records.? I’m just as “sure” that he did it to get some media face time.
      Don’t we elect representatives to weed out this sort of crap?

  17. thehothandle on October 25, 2011 at 11:54 am

    I think that changing the day to “always a Saturday” will result in the holiday becoming even more of an “adult” holiday than it is now.? The focus will be OFF of the kiddos going trick or treating, and more adults will be having?annual bashes with alcohol involved.? It will make trick or treating more dangerous.?

    I always hate it when Halloween is on a Saturday for that reason!

  18. RIAP27 on October 25, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Well moving Holidays is pretty silly. With Halloween we’d end up with TWO Halloweens!! Besides-MOST working people are NOT going to want to give up precious days off to move all Holidays to weekends to make it “easier” or “safer”? Sheesh-politicians,keep your small brains and hands out of our lives and pockets!!!

  19. Murphy on October 25, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    While we’re at it lets move election day and tax day to April fools day.

    • Dimsdale on October 25, 2011 at 3:22 pm

      I wanted that one for Tax Day!? Or maybe election day….?? 😉

    • Dimsdale on October 25, 2011 at 3:23 pm

      (sorry)…would be better!? At least more appropriate.

    • Lynn on October 25, 2011 at 4:01 pm

      Hey Murphy, Great Law!


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